PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Eastern Connecticut State University had three women's basketball players score more than 20 points Saturday at Foley Gymnasium, and the Warriors defeated Plymouth State College, 89-69, in the Little East Conference regular season finale for both schools.
The Panthers complete the regular season under first-year coach Lauren Lavigne with a 14-10 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Little East Conference, while ECSU finishes 17-7 overall and 10-4 in the LEC. PSC will be the fifth seed in next week's LEC Tournament, and will play a first-round game Tuesday at Rhode Island College (7:00 or 7:30 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut is the third seed, and will host Keene State Tuesday.
The Warriors got 27 points and 11 rebounds from senior Jen Zabek (S. Deerfield, MA), 22 points from classmate Kelly Belanger (Hampton, CT) and 20 from freshman Darcy Mund (Marlborough, CT). Junior Emily Nestor (Coventry, RI) added 14 rebounds as the Warriors had a 55-32 advantage on the boards.
PSC was led by senior Rebecca Morse (Sterling, MA), who had a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds in her final regular season home game. Junior Lauren Santoli (Mansfield, MA) and sophomore Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) added 13 points apiece, and junior Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) contributed 12 points and six assists.
Eastern Connecticut built up a double-digit lead in the first half, holding a 49-36 advantage at the break. The Panthers never got closer than 11 points in the second half, shooting just 35 percent from the field for the game. ECSU pulled the season sweep, beating PSC in overtime last month in Connecticut.
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